Decarcerate Illinois

We call on Illinois lawmakers to take a realistic view of what community safety means and how to achieve it. Our current systems have been failing individuals, families, and communities for generations. The needs of survivors are not being met and the current system disrespects and harms accused and convicted people, making them and their families unsafe. We can no longer condone the harms of our current laws and allow them to continue to separate families and perpetuate harm for generations. Let's act!

From commitment to action! Please support bills that offer a truly progressive step forward in ending our reliance on carceral policies and toward proven policies for community safety for all.


Fast action! PROPONENT of SB3012 by Thursday March 20 8:30 AM

Mar 3, 2014 | by admin

√ CHECK. WE DID THIS! SB3012 ensures legal counsel to minors interrogated in custody

SB3012 provides an important safeguard for minors, who we have the duty to protect. SB3012 provides that a statement made by a minor who is interrogated in custody is presumed to be inadmissible as evidence in court unless the minor has access to a lawyer throughout the entire interrogation. This common sense bill ensures that minors will be provided with lawyers at the most crucial times. Follow these easy steps to submit a witness slip as a proponent of SB3012 by 8:30 a.m. Thursday March 20:

1. Click here

2. Fill out your name, address, and phone number.  For “Firm/Business or Agency” put “none.”

3. In Section II, you can put the name of any organization you represent or Decarcerate Illinois or just “none.”

4. Select “Proponent”

5. Select “Record of Appearance Only”

6. Enter the number it shows in the box and agree to the terms and click “Create(Slip).” Thank you!